CMI Spirit in Pastoral Ministry & Evangelization

The CMI community, from its very inception, had been a missionary congregation. Here is a bird’s eye view of the various missionary initiatives and endeavours of the Congregation.

Pastoral: The very first activity the founding fathers was in the field of pastoral ministry. They assisted the Church authorities for a radical renewal of the Church. They became the pioneers in the Church of Kerala in initiating various practical steps for imparting life and vibrancy to the laity and the clergy alike. They went around all the Churches and triggered an intense movement of the faith-formation of the people. The pioneering steps they introduced were: retreats to the laity and the clergy, systematizing the celebration of the Holy Mass and the Divine Office, inspiring the Clergy for personal sanctification, re-vitalization of the sacramental life of the laity by instructing them through personal visits to their families, introducing Sunday homilies, and adopting from the global Church devotional practices like the Rosary, Way of the Cross and the Eucharistic Devotion. Their intense activity in this field brought about marvelous results in the 19-century-old Kerala Church within a short span of time. The Syro-Malabar Church became so active and vibrant that, for the first time in its history, it was able to produce, within a span of one century, 5 Blesseds and 5 Servants of God. It is to be specially observed that incidentally Blessed Chavara himself became the first among those spiritual blossoms. The above 5 Beatifications took place with in a span of 20 years from 1986 to 2006. It is also to be noted that the pastoral activities resulted also in the promotion of vocations and initiating a great increase in the number of priests and religious in the Church. Today, among all priests and religious in the Indian Church, working even in the Latin dioceses in North India, 60% of them hail from the Syro-Malabar Church. Today, 311 CMI Priests are engaged in pastoral activities in 22 Countries around the globe apart from those working in India.

Evangelization: The CMI founding fathers were pioneers in the field of evangelization in the Syro-Malabar Church. Their intense spiritual experience animated them to share their vibrant faith-experience with others too. They gave great priority to propagate the message of Jesus especially to the lower strata of the society. They established Catechumenates attached to all the then existed Monasteries. Within a few years’ time, thousands of people joined the Church.

Today, about 400 of its members are engaged in the works of evangelization especially in North India. The new enthusiasm started in the year 1962 when the historic event of commissioning the Chanda Mission to the care of the CMI Congregation by the Holy See. This was also the first ecclesiastical territory of the Syro-Malabar Church outside Kerala. Now, there are 5 Mission Provinces for the Congregation and 5 dioceses headed by CMI Bishops. The CMIs are engaged in the works of evangelization in Africa and South America. There are 42 priests serving the African missions and 14 in South America.

Our Pastoral & Spiritual Centres @ East Africa

  • Makutano, P.O. Box 328,  Wanguru 10303, 
    Kenya
    Tel: + 254 725893412
    Email: cmikenya@gmail.com
    Web: www.cmikenya.com
    Director: Fr. Christopher Makau
    Asst. Director: Fr. Paul Muringathery
    No. Staff Members: 15

  • P.O. Box 27,  Donyo Sabuk-01027,  Thika Via, 
    Kenya
    Tel: +254 737114760
    Email: cmikenya@gmail.com
    Web: www.cmikenya.com
    Vicar: Fr. Jose Kallely CMI
    Asst. Vicar: Fr. Vipin Vanchipura CMI
    No. of Families: 2800

  • Maktau,  Maktau,  Maktau, 
    Kenya
    Tel: + 254 727768916
    Email: petermuinde@yahoo.com
    Web: www.cmikenya.com
    Priest in Charge: Fr. Peter Muinde
    No. of Stations: 4
    No. of Families: 1000

  • P. O. Box 41,  Donyo-Sabuk,  Thika (Via), 
    Kenya
    Tel: + 254 734706331
    Email: cmikenya@gmail.com
    Web: www.cmikenya.com
    Priest in Charge: Fr. Joy Kalaparambath
    Assistant : Fr. Ginto Chirayath
    No. of Families: 2000

  • P.O. Box 29,  Mbiuni-90110,  Mwala Dt., Machakos , 
    Kenya
    Tel: + 254 735468119
    Email: bchathely@yahoo.com
    Web: www.cmikenya.com
    Vicar: Fr. Biju Chathely
    Asst. Vicar: Fr. Ajith Pullokaran CMI
    No. of Families: 3000

  • P.O. Box 5459,  Nyayo Stadium,  00506,  Nairobi, 
    Kenya
    Tel: 00254 727 100030
    Email: cmikenya@gmail.com
    Web: www.cmikenya.com
    Vicar: Fr. Anto Thekkudan
    Asst. Vicar: Fr. Ajith Pullokaran
    No. of Parishners: 500